TLA Blog

The field of education is constantly innovating as schools across the country search for the best ways to improve learning for each student. On the TLA Blog, The Learning Accelerator team and guest experts investigate and help you navigate the latest research, commentary, and useful tools to push the field forward.

DEI Work Is More Important Than Ever. But How Do We Do It Remotely?

by Jin-Soo Huh on July 14 2020

This piece was originally posted on EdSurge. Widespread protests, sparked by the killings of Black people at the hands of police, have led to a global conversation on racial discrimination. How can companies take action to meaningfully foster diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) after many rapidly converted to operating remotely due to...
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Walking the Walk with Remote DEI

by Stephen Pham on June 15 2020

More and more, organizations are investing time and resources to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), recognizing its importance in making teams better. With the proliferation of remote work – particularly due to recent physical distancing measures taken to address the spread of COVID-19 – leaders have wondered how to engage in equity...
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Curiosity Connected the Cat: Honoring Cultural Differences in the Classroom

by Pranati "Pranoo" Kumar on June 4 2020

Confronting a sea of stares, my hands were sweaty. Every thought ran through my mind while I slowly opened my tri-fold poster board entitled, “The Beauty of India.” Why am I presenting this? Do people want to hear what I have to say? Will I fit in? Is the teacher just trying to fill up time? Am I the right person to talk about this? Will people...
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Perfectionism ≠ Excellence: Leading with Inclusivity in Remote Working and Learning

by Lavada Berger on April 28 2020

This is a summary of “Leading Differently: How to Decenter Perfectionism in Remote Working and Learning,” originally posted on Transcend’s blog. With more organizations going virtual (in some cases, doing so overnight), leaders are pushed to build strong and trusting remote cultures. In the midst of this rapid transition, it can be very tempting...
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Introducing TLA's Leader-Driven Series on Remote Learning

by Jeremy Jones on April 21 2020

Over the next few months, The Learning Accelerator will be designing resources, curating conversations, and engaging with school leaders like we’ve never done before. We’ll be doing this through the launch of a companion to our “One Thing” for educators series that specifically offers support and guidance to school leaders during this time of...
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Looking Back and Looking Forward: Lessons from Lindsay Unified School District

by Beth Holland on April 14 2020

Schools across the country (and around the world) are in the throes of responding to the challenges of remote learning as a result of the novel coronavirus crisis. For the moment, many schools might feel as though they are in survival mode, but perhaps we can draw actionable lessons from systems uniquely poised to not only weather the storm but...
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How can we help? 5 ways to shift in-person PD online

by Juliana Finegan on April 6 2020

Great professional developers, trainers, and coaches lean on a variety of face-to-face tools and supports when working with teachers in person. Through actions like whispering in a participant’s ear to give specific guidance, “reading the room” and deciphering body language to decide what people are ready for next, and engaging learners through...
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Week 1 – Today's One Thing for Teachers: Building Connections

by Bianca Dávila on April 1 2020

Find all installments of Today's One Thing on our Blended & Personalized Learning at Work site.This week, we’ll be launching our series with a focus on building connections through technology. Maintaining connections is a key, research-based strategy in any learning environment, and we know many of you are looking for ways to engage and connect...
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Welcome to Today's One Thing: TLA's Teacher-Driven Series on Remote Learning

by Beth Rabbitt on April 1 2020

A core value of The Learning Accelerator (TLA) team is understanding and tapping into the collective intelligence of those on the front lines of teaching to learn and improve together. That’s why we reached out to teachers around the nation to figure out how we can best provide support – and in just a week, we were able to hear from one hundred of...
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The Remote DEI Collective: Exploring the intersections of remote work and DEI

by The Remote DEI Collective on March 26 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and urgent need for physical distancing, schools, organizations, and companies are scrambling to put the systems in place to allow for remote work. With this shift, some are even wondering whether operating virtually is more feasible – and, at times, optimal – than in-person after all. The future of work offers...
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